"We acquire language when we understand messages; when we understand what people tell us and when we understand what we read". Dr. Stephen Krashen This foundational insight from Dr. Krashen is our Core Belief at Garbanzo. To that end, we are building an online, interactive library of diverse texts that are designed for language learners … Continue reading Find interactive readings in Spanish on Garbanzo
For the last three years, Spanish students have been able to follow the top stories from the Spanish-speaking world in El mundo en tus manos. Each week, Maris Hawkins and I identify important and interesting current events and write up comprehensible summaries so that beginning language learners can understand. As we prepare for the 2019-2020 … Continue reading Get news articles for Spanish learners in 2019-2020 school year!
"Write and Discuss" is one of the core strategies in a comprehension-based teacher's bag of tricks. It is easy-peasy and adaptable for many uses! In this post, I'm sharing with you a demo of Write and Discuss along with step-by-step instructions so that you can feel confident making this power-packed strategy your own! An abbreviated version … Continue reading Write and Discuss demo for language classes
The bird's out of the cage, and it’s time to share my big secret with YOU, my readers!! At ACTFL, I announced the launch of GARBANZO, the new web application from The Comprehensible Classroom. The journey to create an app that would help teachers find reading material that is suitable for early language learners began … Continue reading Meet Garbanzo: The new story-based app for learning Spanish
Once I decided to teach for proficiency, I become hungry for stories--real stories, invented stories, silly stories, sad stories, unbelievable stories, scary stories...anything. Language is best taught when it is being used to transmit messages, not when it is explicitly taught for conscious learning. ― Stephen D. Krashen, The Natural Approach: Language Acquisition in the Classroom If you … Continue reading Current events & free fiction magazine in Spanish
With a total of 19 Tweets, Facebook tags, emails, text messages, and Facebook messages in 48 hours, I am just thrilled to know that I am the first person you think of when you hear a good poop story (thank you, Correcaca). Perhaps you saw on the news that there is a new caca-criminal in town--and this … Continue reading Another poop story for your Spanish class
The March 1 issue of LITERAL is finally ready for download!! We spent Thursday in the ER (me and all five kids...). Once I get off schedule with work, it's hard to get back on track! (Grading, anyone?! I'm sure you can relate!) Anyway--we had more than 50 submissions to LITERAL this month!! There are … Continue reading March 1 issue of LITERAL Spanish e-zine
I started a new thing yesterday, since I have a thing for new things. I started a collaborative story series on Instagram! Well, first I joined Instagram. Then I realized that there is a whole Instagram culture that I don't understand at all. Then my kids woke up and wanted to draw, so we grabbed … Continue reading Somos cuentos // We are stories
Aside from undermining truth in journalism, destroying credibility of major news outlets, empowering the general public with dangerous misinformation, and casting a long shadow of doubt over everything that we hear or read in the news, fake news stories are pretty fantastic! This week, I read a news story about a man who was arrested … Continue reading NOTICIAS FALSAS: BitCoin Scandal article in Spanish!
The time between Thanksgiving Break and Winter Break was always one of my favorite times of the year in class--it's also one of the hardest because no one has their head in the game! I LOVED teaching about Christmas traditions from Spanish speaking countries. I LOVED using the commercials for the Spanish Christmas lottery (general … Continue reading How to skip Christmas in Spanish and not be a Grinch